Items Needed for a Typical Transfer
Avoid repeat visits! Make sure you have all necessary documents. Contact us in advance with any questions.
See Disabled Parking for handicapped plates and placards.
See Proof of Identity & Residency for lists of acceptable documents. You must bring original or certified copies of all of the following:
- Proof of Identity AND
- Proof of All Name Change(s) if your current legal name differs from the Proof of Identity AND
- Proof of Social Security number AND
- Proof of your Nevada residential address (two documents) AND
- Your Existing State-Issued License, Permit or ID Card AND
- Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card (DMV 002):
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- Veteran Designation
U.S. veterans should present a DD-214 or other evidence of an honorable discharge.
- Organ Donor Registration
- Voter Registration
- Motorcycle Endorsement
Nevada transfers most licenses or endorsements.
- Trailer Endorsement
Nevada requires special endorsements for Class C license holders to tow multiple trailers or trailers in excess of 10,000 pounds. Additional testing is required.
All applicants take the vision test. Drivers under age 21 are required to take the knowledge test.
You may be exempt from knowledge and skills tests if you are age 21 and older, currently hold a valid license from the U.S., a U.S. territory or Canada, and none of the requirements below apply.
Drivers who have never been licensed or those who currently hold a license from most foreign countries must take knowledge (written) and skills (driving) tests. See Beginning Drivers 18 and Older or Nevada Teen Driving.
Drivers who have misplaced their actual license may be required to take the knowledge and skills tests if the DMV cannot verify their licensing status.
Transferring drivers will be required to take the knowledge test if any of the following conditions exist:
- driver's license or privilege to drive expired or surrendered for more than one year (skills test required if more than 4 years)
- 3 or more convictions of moving violations in the past 4 years
- driver's license or privilege to drive suspended, revoked, canceled, or otherwise disqualified during the past 4 years
- a DUI conviction (drug- and/or alcohol-related offense) within the past 7 years
- any license restrictions which must be reevaluated to ensure the driver has the ability to drive safely (skills test may be required also)
- Applying for a different type or class of license (skills test may be required also)
All applications are checked through the national Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS). If your license is currently suspended, revoked, or canceled in another state, see Driver License Suspensions.
You must bring all of the following to register a car, truck, RV or motorcycle. Most trailers must be registered and titled,
- Nevada Evidence of Insurance
Out-of-state insurance is not accepted. Insurance must be written for Nevada.
- Nevada Emissions Vehicle Inspection Report (if required)
See Emissions for details and exemptions. Smog checks are required on most gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks, 1968 and newer, based in and around Las Vegas and Reno.
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Inspection
See VIN Inspections below.
- Current Registration
- Current Odometer Reading
- Out-of-State License Plates
- Application for Vehicle Registration (VP 222) (If a third party registers the vehicle on behalf of the owner)
See Other Vehicle Types below for trailers, boats, off-highway vehicles, etc.
- Nevada Title, unless held by lienholder
You are not required to surrender your out-of-state title. If you misplace it, however, you will have to apply to your former state for a duplicate when you sell the vehicle.
- Specialty License Plates
Nevada has personalized plates and specialty plates for charitable groups, veterans, classic vehicles and various organizations. See License Plates.
Any vehicle or trailer which has never been registered or titled in Nevada must be inspected. Inspections are done at all DMV offices.
At the offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno, drive to the VIN inspection station outside the main DMV building first. No appointment is required. You may complete your VIN inspections in advance of your DMV appointment.
At rural offices, look for signs directing you to a VIN inspection station. If there is no station, the inspection is completed during the registration process. Go into the office first.
VIN inspections may also be completed by a sworn law enforcement officer, or at any participating business authorized by the Department in accordance with NRS 482.220, using the Vehicle Inspection Certificate (VP 015).
Mopeds are inspected using the Moped Registration Application/Inspection (VP 30).
Fees and Tax Exemptions
The DMV accepts cash, checks, money orders for the exact amount due, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Out-of-state checks are accepted with the approval of a supervisor.
Fees vary by age and the type of card. See Driver's License Fees.
Most Nevada driver's licenses are valid for 8 years and cost $41.25. Licenses issued to those 65 and older are valid for 4 years and cost $17.25. A motorcycle endorsement transfer is an additional $5.
A $25 testing fee applies for knowledge and skills testing.
Have your VIN or MSRP ready and use our Online
Fee Estimate (Estimate only - total fees will be slightly higher). Nevada charges a basic Registration Fee and Governmental Services Taxes based on the value of your vehicle. See Registration Fees for a breakdown.
Expired registrations are subject to late fees. We do not give credits or refunds of other states' fees.
Standard license plates are $7 per pair. VIN inspections are $1 each. A title with no change in ownership is $20.
County Assessors can approve exemptions on vehicle Governmental Services Tax for many veterans, disabled veterans, surviving spouses and the blind. You must present a tax exemption statement from the assessor's office when registering your vehicle. Contact your County Assessor for specific requirements and contacts.
Active duty military members who are residents of another state but stationed in Nevada qualify for Governmental Services Tax exemptions. Spouses qualify as well. See Military Licensing for information and forms.
Native American tribal members who reside on tribal lands also qualify for exemptions. They must have the Application for Governmental Services Tax Exemption (VP 154) signed by the Tribal Chairperson.
No tax exemptions are based on age or the size/value of the vehicle.